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Yankees-Astros breakdown by location

Yankees – Astros position-by-position breakdown

Time for the Astros League Championship…well, the American League Championship Series.

The Astros haven’t automatically made this part of the playoffs; the feeling is that now they’re in the ALCS for the sixth year in a row (Warriors
-20 is the only team to have made it to the LCS round for at least six consecutive years).

but the other end of this ALCS is also familiar. Because, for the third time in a row, the Astros will take on a Yankees looking to make their first World Series 585. The Yankees went straight into this series after their Game 5 win over Cleveland in the ALDS on Tuesday, and they have yet to beat Houston in the playoffs, losing 759 AL Wild Card Game and ALCS in ; and& #30;.

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Before the ALCS kicks off Wednesday at Minute Maid Park (also known as the ALCS Capital of the World), let’s see how top seed “Stros” and No. 2 The seeded Yankees are matched position by position.


let us Said none of those teams benched Johnny. The Astros tried to fix their offense from midseason buying Christian Vazquez to pair with Martin Maldonado, but Vazquez struggled after the transition (.585 and Boston’s OPS, .374 and Houston). The Yankees got an All-Star first half from newly acquired Jose Trevino, but his production dropped in the second half (.406 OPS, including a .387 September/October mark).

Instead, the priority for both teams is the way these receivers work with the pitchers and control the game. Astros throw .2% of opposing runners (middle in MLB), while the Yankees are second 18.4%. Vazquez and Maldonado have a lot of experience in this arena, but because Trevino and Kyle Donggang are particularly good at throwing base runners (and because Trevino has really shown more this season) Using the stick, in general), we’d give the Yankees an advantage.

)Edge: Yankees

First Base
Although the Yuli Gurriel we used to be used to appears in ALDS vs. Mariners (6-for- vs home runs), it’s hard to know how to weigh that against a larger sample age of disappointment -20 season he has only 23 created weighted run plus (% better than league average Difference).
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) On the other hand, Anthony Rizzo played from Best season since . his23 home run tied career Career highs, his 85 weighted runs finished second in the Yankees’ qualifiers, only Next to Aaron Judge. He has some major achievements in ALDS.

Edge: Yankees )


Second base

It was a major turning year for Gleb Torres, who looked like a growing star 1991- just saw his work in subsequent seasons dropped sharply. In 2022, Torres achieved a considerable score. 85/.243/.332 slash with 18 home run and steals, and while that didn’t carry over to ALDS, he did have a solid regular season. Versatile veteran DJ LeMahieu, with a toe injury, may be back for the ALCS.

There’s no question, though, of the Astros’ second-base advantage in this series. Jose Altuve had one of his best offensive seasons in what could well be Cooperstown’s career. Altuve was cut. 245/.403/.533 and16 home runs and age
steal . He is terrible in ALDS (0-for- with six strikeouts), but we’ve seen him stand on this stage too many times (including, infamously, the last time these two Series-ending home run at ALCS meeting in 2020) figure him out.

)Edge: Astros



Jeremy Peña had solid seminal moments in his rookie season with ALDS in Game 3 of 2009 with a personal homer that broke the longest scoreless playoff tie in history. He was also a litter, hitting a single for Yordan Alvarez’s two game-changing homers in Game 1 and Game 2. This year, Peña had a respectable 38 wRC+ is replacing Carlos Correa reliable defense.

It’s never a good thing for the Yankees when you bench the guy you started the year in the knockout game. That’s what happened with Isiah Kiner-Falefa in ALDS, he didn’t do much offensively and was inconsistent as a defender. Rookie Oswaldo Cabrera bumped into him.

Edge: Astros
Third base

Alex Bregman played from

strongest season since , cut. 107/.300/.449 is characterized by a low strikeout rate, high walk rate and good defense. He also participated in 5-for- is a piece of cake in ALDS.
Former MVP Josh Donaldson’s first season in the Bronx didn’t go so well. Although he was still good on the defensive end (7 points above average), he just cut. 102/.107/.245. It was his worst season since his rookie season 585 and Auckland.
Edge: Astros
Left column


Yordan Alvarez is currently the most Terrible hitter. He swings the bat twice and changes the ALDS and the result is .222/.387 /.622 slash with 23 regular season home run. Back to the 2015 World Series, he There is a 1.20 OPS, five Home runs, five doubles, two threes and 10 walk in 30 Playoff plate appearances. will play.

Between the disaster of Joey Gallo and the fracture of Andrew Bening Tendi following a midseason trade, the Yankees have had a lot of trouble in the left field this year. They had started Cabrera, but then replaced Kiner-Falefa with him, bringing the struggling Aaron Hicks back into the lineup (until he left with a knee injury in Game 5). The best hope is for Benin Tendi to return for this round, but even then he is no Alvarez.
Edge: Astros
Center Field

The Astros have a lot of moving parts in the midfield since George Springer left in free agency 2015. Right now, they’re using a combination of Chas McCormick and Jake Meyers. With Meyers recovering from shoulder surgery, McCormick saw much of the year and took a slash. 107/.243/. 332. McCormick and Meyers are both above-average scoring at this position, and on the defensive end, each outing is above-average.

) But the Yankees seem to have found their center. Harrison Bader was wearing walking boots for plantar fasciitis when he was acquired at the trade deadline. But Bronxville-born Bard has returned triumphantly, with three home runs in the ALDS. And defending King Glover was acquired primarily because of his excellent defense, which could play a big role in a playoff series.

Edge: Yankees

Right column

While Kyle Tucker has established himself as the best in baseball The status of one of the bats (he has consecutive 11 – home run season and three straight his wRC+ years over 16% better than league average) and Aaron Judge did show some signs of potential fatigue after ALDS he was dazzled 20 – This season, it’s almost impossible not to pick a judge here.

As when we saw him hit the mid-range ball 403 held his ground in Game 3 of the ALDS, when he went deep again in Game 5, even though he wasn’t his super Hero, you too can’ don’t make a mistake with the judge. Like Alvarez, he can always change the series with one shot, and his arms and legs can make an impact.

Edge: Yankees

Designated stroke hand


If Alvarez appears in a given game at Here, we might give him an edge over his opponent. But since we’ve already predicted Alvarez on the left (he’s played in every ALDS game), the Astros’ top pick at DH is Trey Mancini, who’s been on the plate since returning from Baltimore midseason. Not much performance on (.533 OPS in the regular season, 0-for-6 in ALDS), and Aledmys Díaz, who has a.94/. 107/.300 slashed this year.
Giancarlo Stanton, has been a strict DH since returning from left Achilles tendonitis in August and has generally declined to mid-June. But he’s another guy you don’t want to make mistakes at all, as he showed with two home runs in ALDS. Stanton playoff home run 10 GAME — The rate per 7.3 at-bats is at least 20 playoff batting.

Edge: Yankees


start pitching

First, keep in mind that this is not the typical LCS schedule we are used to seeing . There is only one rest day – between Games 2 and 3, the traditional rest day between Games 5 and 6 has been canceled. When you combine that schedule with the fact that the Yankees are nearing the end of a five-game ALDS extended by rain, the Astros have a pretty clear advantage.

Hasn’t played since Saturday, and Houston’s arms have been rested. They have Cy Young favorites Justin Verlander, Framber Valdez and Lance McCullers Jr. for Games 1-3. Both Verlander and the Game 2 starters (at the time of writing, it’s not certain if it’s Valdez or the McCullers) can take their second pitch with a full break, while their Game 3 starters will is an option for short breaks.
• With adjustments made, Verlander is ready to start ALCS

in stark contrast to what happened with the Yankees, where fourth-place starter Jameson Taillon was given the task of Game 1 and staff ace Gerrit Coe Gerrit Cole was unable to fully rest until Game 3. Kerr’s second start will require him to take a three-day break in Game 7. Nestor Cortez, who started Games 2 and 5 in the division series, couldn’t rest until Game 4.

So, while – all the nonsense about Verlander aside from getting the Mariners in the ALDS – there’s already a statistical reason for the Astros to have an advantage here (their .4 fWAR is the highest of any starter in MLB this year), and the schedule makes it a slam dunk.
Edge: Astros

Backup pitch

Astros’ starting depth — with Christian Javier, Luis Garcia and Jose Utrecht In the form of El Creed, either hom will be an option for Game 4 – bleed to the bullpen. We saw the benefit of this when Garcia threw five innings of zero-point backup in the Marathon win over the Mariners. The Astros’ actual bullpen this year is very good, with the AL’s best fWAR (7.6) and strikeout negative walk percentage (11.0) and the second best WHIP (1.
). The bullpen kept the Astros ahead in Games 1 and 2 of the ALDS, putting them in a rallying position. Incredible Game 3 was not scored in one inning. exist16 Should 1/3 inning relief of the series, Houston allowed only one run.

The Yankees have been plagued by injuries in the bullpen this season, and as we saw in ALDS, Clay Holmes’ shoulder problems could hurt his availability on a given day. While the Yankees do have good options like Wandy Peralta, Jonathan Loáisiga and Lou Trivino — Ron Marinaccio could return this round — it’s hard to say they’re in a better bullpen position than the Astros.

Edge: Astros


These two clubs seem to have clashed all season, and finally, here we are. Just because the Yankees need more time to get to this point in the playoffs doesn’t mean they can’t beat the rested Astros. That was far from our wildest frustration Seen this October. But it’s hard to like the pitch and schedule set for them. While both clubs have big question marks in the bottom half of their roster, there’s no question that the Astros have excellent pitching depth that will give them their second straight AL title.
Six out of six Astros.




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